Lisa Kassenaar (MSJ95), an Editor at Large for Bloomberg News, spoke on a panel for alumni about Bloomberg’s opportunity to drive the conversation about women in the global economy. Kassenaar heads the Bloomberg News Women’s Project, an initiative to ensure women are better represented in the news. Although women are the rising leaders and graduates of the emerging global economy, of the top five paid employees at Fortune 500 public companies, she reported women at the top earn 19 percent less on average than their peers. After researching private equity firms, Bloomberg discovered nine percent of partners are women, thus exposing the reality and ‘Boys Club’ mentality of the private equity business. Kassenaar looks for things that tell the tale of where women are in leadership and found even women who are rising to the top of corporate America are earning less than their male counterparts and are an underreported influence on the global economy.
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